Category Archives: Mastodon

Fossil Friday – printed mastodon molar

Each September, Western Science Center holds an annual fundraiser called Science Under the Stars to raise funds for museum operations. At the end of the evening we often do a final “Special Ask” to raise dedicated funds for a particular project. This year, for the Special Ask we requested funds for a 3D-scanning, photogrammetry, and printing lab. Our donors, led by the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians, came through in spectacular fashion. Continue reading

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Fossil Friday – mastodon vertebra revisited

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After a highly successful Science Under the Stars fundraiser, I’ve tried to get back into the lab to catch up on neglected science work. Administrative duties are still conspiring to keep me chained to the phone and computer, but I have made some progress. Continue reading

Fossil Friday – mastodon vertebrae


Even though the Valley of the Mastodons exhibit is now open, it doesn’t mean that our mastodon work has moved to the backburner. On the contrary, we’re now doing more mastodon work than ever before! Continue reading

Valley of the Mastodons

VOMLogo2I missed doing a Fossil Friday post last week. But my reason was a good one: that was the opening day for our new exhibit, Valley of the Mastodons! Continue reading

Fossil Friday – mastodon tusks

IMG_5348In three days scientists start arriving in Hemet for the Valley of the Mastodons symposium, and we’re one week from the opening of the associated Valley of the Mastodons exhibit. As a result, I’m a little swamped, and today’s Fossil Friday post will have to be brief. Continue reading

Fossil Friday – mastodon jaw fragment

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As we build up to our new exhibit opening, I’ll continue the Month of Mastodons with a partial lower jaw. Continue reading

Fossil Friday – mastodon partial skull

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Our latest mastodon installment as we approach the “Valley of the Mastodons” exhibit opening 3 weeks from now is “Braces”, a partial mastodon skull from the San Diego Canal. Continue reading

Fossil Friday – mastodon calcaneum

IMG_5289Continuing with our mastodon spree in preparation for next month’s “Valley of the Mastodons” workshop and exhibit, this week for Fossil Friday we have a mastodon calcaneum. Continue reading

Fossil Friday – mastodon axis vertebra

With the opening of the Valley of the Mastodons exhibit a little over a month away, we’ve started pulling specimens from the collections to work on layouts. The lab and collections workroom are full of mastodons! Continue reading

Fossil Friday – mastodon caudal vertebra

As promised, as we prepare for the Valley of the Mastodons workshop and exhibit, I’m going to be talking even more than usual about mastodons. We have hundreds of mastodon bones in the WSC collections, and we have to examine them all over the next month to decide what’s going on exhibit (which will be most of them). Continue reading